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  1. Bridge Mac

    An ethernet to Localtalk converter and some Localtalk cabling is a fantastic investment for anyone interested in data transfer between old Macs (and even the Apple IIgs) and the modern world, I'd strongly recommend laying hands on one. I don't know about in Europe but they're still fairly cheap in the US if you know what you're looking for on eBay, et al. They were commonly sold to convert older Apple printers to Ethernet up to the turn of the century so they're not particularly rare, unlike those SCSI ethernet boxes. ... the downside of them compared to solutions to directly add Ethernet to an older Mac is for most things you'll need a second computer to run some server software to provide file sharing and IP services to the old Mac, and that can be a *little* fiddly. But not a lot. Pre-baked installers and VMs are out there that you can run on a regular computer, and there are also images for devices like the Raspberry Pi if you want a dedicated fire-and-forget solution that costs almost nothing.
  2. Connecting to Internet on an LC II

    +1 to the above suggestion. Old ethernet cards can be notorious for not wanting to auto-negotiate with a modern router switchport. Granted at this point if you don't have an old hub lying around it can be sort of hard to find one.
  3. There were also Apple OEM cards that pretty much have no branding on them at all as I recall but can be easily identified as using the same circuit boards as the retail edition cards but missing ports and possibly some stickers. I have a couple of the cards they sold as the "cheap" video option for Xserves, and they're 32MB Radeon 7000s with *only* the VGA port populated. Sort of annoying, actually, given that single-card dual-head was one of the best features of the RV100 chipset. And yeah, that eBay ad is a joke. Given that it doesn't seem to actually say the card is flashed I kind of wonder if the seller googled a card pulled out of a junk PC and hit one of the pages on a site selling the flashed versions and decided that's what it was.
  4. Or, to turn it around, do you have a PC with a PCI slot to try it out in and see if it does indeed have the incorrect firmware on it? Looking at the picture in the auction I find it notable that the sticker doesn't say it's a Mac edition; ATI's cards usually do. Also, googling the part number for the card also seems to indicate that it was shipped as a PC edition. Apparently there's something of a cottage industry hacking these cards into Mac cards, but here's a big gotchya: for the cards to really work properly you have to desolder the original flash chip and replace it with a bigger one. So... yeah, if you have an older PC lying around it seems like it would be worth checking if it goes in that. If it does then you're going to be facing some difficult choices.
  5. I was looking at those the other day as a possible solution to extend the network to an Ethernet-equipped printer, but ended up going with a powerline-based solution because I found it surprisingly difficult to find a clear answer to a simple question: is the Ethernet port on these things *bridged* to the wireless network, IE, if you hang a hub off this and connect a couple wired clients will they get IP addresses from the DHCP pool handled by the main router and see broadcast traffic (bonjour, etc), or is everything connected to the ethernet port NAT-ed to the IP given to the extender?
  6. Power Macintosh G3 Minitower Upgrades

    I think those machines support up to 6MB. (2MB soldered down + a 2MB or 4MB SIMM) For 1600x1200@24bit you'd need 6MB if the video card actually supports 24 bit color, an unattainable 8MB if it only does 32bit framebuffers. (*) (Those machines used an ATI Mach64/Rage-series GPU and I vaguely remember from the Xfree86 documentation that once you got past a certain point in modernity the hardware "preferred" doing 24 bit color as a 32 bit deep frame buffer with each pixel formatted as three 8-bit color channels and an mostly-unused alpha/Z channel... or at least Xfree86 preferred that mode.)
  7. I can mostly do without old whiny hard drives myself, but I really love the sound of a 5 1/4" floppy. My relatively-recently acquired Apple IIc rocketed up close to the top of my list of favorite computers because it's so conveniently tiny it almost seems modern yet it makes all the good Apple II sounds.
  8. I drew it. It is of course a generic Gorgonopsid, the Fido of the late Paleozoic era. (Old drawing was on real paper, abomination above is me just starting to learn how to use Krita on the off-brand Cintiq clone I got for Xmas.) I changed the title of this thread to make more clear it's a "digging for information/comments" thing than a duplicate of the for-sale posting. Backlinks between them may well be appropriate.
  9. Just a quick administrative comment to the OP: I see you've also opened a Trading Post thread asking for a Beige G3. While it might make a certain amount of sense to have your "classified ad" running separately from an information gathering thread I think for the most part people on this board are used to having conversations in the for sale thread (whether that's "good" or not is another question), and also the title of this thread makes it just look like a duplicate. (Also, you don't appear to be explicitly asking any questions about your potential purchase in the first post.
  10. Lost Mac Plus keyboard cord

    Congratulations? There is nothing about this that proves that using a telephone cable isn't at best useless and at worst very dangerous, nor does it do anything to support the quoted gobbledygook that the reason a phone cord doesn't work is the "quality of the wires". (In fact it manifestly disproves it.) (There also remains the possibility that some keyboards may be equipped with a diode or current limiting resistor to protect the keyboard in the event of this mistake while others lack it. Or your keyboard might just have mutant superpowers?)
  11. PowerBook 150 - screens all destroyed?!

    What do you know about the history of the units? If they all came from the same source perhaps someone used a destructive chemical to clean them and it's taken a while for the damage to show.
  12. CPU Upgrade / Overclocking Centris 650

    Frankly, I'd probably recommend just leaving it alone and not overclock it at all. At 25Mhz it'll run all the software that's period-appropriate just fine. That said, per the link on the URL Trash threw out, [url=http://www.applefool.com/clockchipping/c650.html]the only difference other than the clock crystal between a Centris 650 and Quadra 650 motherboard is a couple small resistors.[/url] If you move them you can turn it into a 650 just by swapping crystals, or go faster, with a maximum ceiling of about 44mhz. (You definitely won't hit that with the stock CPU if it's rated for 25mhz; you probably won't even make it to 40mhz with a 33mhz CPU unless you're lucky *and* add a heat sink and fan.) Per the "exclusivity" question, when Apple introduced the "Centris" name it was an explicit attempt to distinguish the machines intended as replacements for the mainstream "Macintosh II"-branded systems from the then-exclusive high-end "Quadra" nameplate. In other words, they were "middle of the road" machines between the low-end/consumer grade LC/Classic lineup and the exotic "Quadra". It ended up being something of a misfire and in less than a year all the existing "Centris" models were renamed to Quadras. Maybe Apple's customers got stuck on the idea that a machine with a 68040 CPU should have "Quad" in the name? Basically, a Centris 650 is the sort of thing you'd find in a professional office; not the high-end machine on the graphics designer's desk (that would be a Quadra, probably a 950), but all the managers would have one. The graphics designer *might* buy one to use at home in a "prosumer" sort of role. It's definitely not "educational junk".
  13. Apple II europlus price

    The prices of ][plus-es in the US have gone up enough lately I'd probably have to second that it might be "reasonable". (For a while they were pretty much worthless, lacking the panache of being the "original Apple ][" (despite the only differences being a case badge and some ROM chips) while at the same time being unable to run as much software as a IIe.)
  14. Lost Mac Plus keyboard cord

    The phone I looked at was one with the dial in the handset. My guess is that the base has essentially nothing in it and is just passing tip and ring from the wall through it, thus only needing two wires.
  15. Lost Mac Plus keyboard cord

    I'm not saying he didn't have any talent, but nonetheless his job title at Apple for a *long* time was "technician", not "engineer". He did take some extension courses and managed to convince Apple to upgrade his job title so he could say this: But... really, this discussion isn't about how good of an engineer Dan was or was not, it's whether that statement makes any sense, and clearly it doesn't. Applying reverse voltage to TTL/CMOS electronics is a demonstrably bad thing, and the keyboard pinout of the Mac isn't a mystery, that is what you're doing when you use a telephone handset cable in place of the Apple one. I have personally destroyed electronic devices by plugging universal power supplies set to the incorrect polarity into them, so unless they *specifically* included protection against that eventuality in the keyboard it is indeed nothing but luck that would let you survive doing it. I will throw this out there, just for laughs: I kind of wonder if Dog Cow might have plugged in a *2* conductor RJ-11 cable instead of a 4 conductor cable when his mac survived it. If you only connected the center two pins reversed then, sure, that probably wouldn't hurt anything since you'd only be crossing the data and clock wires while leaving the keyboard unpowered. I just checked the POTS telephone on my desk and, yes, its handset cord has only 2 conductors. Quite a few phones do.
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